Cricket Club 2011 Annual Report

Harry Bowley, who hit the only century of the season – 129 not out at Belvoir on the final game to win the game and create a new club record for Wymeswold CC.

2011 was a mixed season for Wymeswold Cricket Club as both Saturday sides struggled to find their feet in their respective divisions of the South Notts Cricket League.

Andrew Shelton again captained the first team which was newly-promoted into Division E of the league, and was rooted to the foot of the table in June having lost all seven of the opening games. However, in a remarkable turn-round the side then won seven of the remaining ten games to secure safety.

Meanwhile, the second team was skippered by Phil Parkes and had a season of consolidation in Division M of the league, often fielding sides with up to seven youngsters who had come through the club's youth section. The team was threatened with relegation and faced a difficult trip to champions Belvoir on the final day of the season. Their task was made more difficult when set the challenge of chasing down a target of 246 to win the game and save themselves from relegation, but 18-year-old Harry Bowley hit a magnificent unbeaten 129 to steal a victory with five over to spare.

It is believed that the second team broke three club records this season - two of them unwelcome and one very welcome:

  • The massive total of 342 for 1 at Thurgaton is believed to be the highest score ever conceded by a Wymeswold side.

  • The score of 27 all-out is also thought to be the lowest total recorded by a Wymeswold side in a day game.

  • The total of 247 for 8 at Belvoir on the final day of the season is believed to be the highest score achieved by a Wymeswold side batting second to win the game.

(Any Wymeswoldian cricketers of the past who may be able to confirm or correct the above would be very welcome to get in touch!).

It was the end of an era for the Under-17 squad who competed in the Leicestershire Youth League under the captaincy of James Barry . Several players are now ‘over-age' so the team will be looking to compete as a group in the Loughborough Cricket Association's Evening League next season.

Many thanks go to Jason Whowell took on the management of the team, and to Dick Pitman who umpired some of the games.

The club's Under-13 team completed its second season and actually won their first ever game. (You may just have heard the roar across the village one Sunday morning). The group has shown a massive improvement along with great spirit and enthusiasm under the guidance of Mark Dunton and Jason Whowell.

The successful junior coaching sessions have continued on Sunday mornings, every week from the start of May through to the end of August. With the older players now playing Under-17 and Under-13 cricket, these sessions have been mainly aimed at the 8 to 10 age group.

Altogether over fifty youngsters took part in the various junior activities of the club over the summer, and demonstrates the club's commitment to providing organised sport for youngsters in the village.

Once again the Cricket Club wishes to thank the individuals who help to keep things running, including Jim Coggan for umpiring and Adele Sutton for scoring first team games, and to Mr Ken Barratt who kindly donates the profits from his sales of kindling wood to the club.

Should you wish to get involved with the club next year - whether it's playing, scoring, umpiring, coaching, preparing the ground or even making the teas - then please get in touch.

Nick Shaw 
Secretary, Wymeswold CC 
01509 880543